ABS access permit- Collection of Macromycetes

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND CO-ORDINATION ACT
(No. 8 of 1999)
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS
Pursuant to legal notice No. 160 of the Environmental Management and Coordination (Conservation of Biological Diversity and Resources, Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing) Regulations, 2006 the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has received application for access permit for the following

PROF: JOSPHAT CLEMENT MATASYOH EGERTON UNIVERSITY, P. O. BOX 536, EGERTON-20107 Activity: Collection of Macromycetes and tropical fungi for cataloging, analyzing and preservation of specimen from Kakamega and Mt. Elgon Forests in Western region. The samples will be exported for firther analysis in MUCL/ HZI in Germany. Applicant: Noah Dunham,
Address: 2310 Waterfall Lane, Columbus OH, 43209, USA
The Ohio State University, Department of Anthropology, Columbus OH, USA
Activity: Collection of Bones from naturally deceased (i.e., traffic accidents and accidental electrocutions from power lines) Colobus angolensis palliates from Diani Forest, Kenya. The skeletal specimens will be exported from Diani to The Ohio State University (OSU) Primatology Laboratory in the USA for examination of the Colobus dental microwear using a scanning electron microscope and limb bones measurement and digitization with a Microscribe 3DX. The dental wear patterns will be analyzed in relation to the mechanical properties of described food items for a more nuanced understanding of Colobus masticatory functional morphology. While the three-dimensional renderings will be for comparative analysis with monkeys inhabiting the Tai Forest and Ivory Coast, in reference to colobus forelimb use behavior during feeding.
Applicant: Dr. George Omondi Paul,
Address: 51002-00200 Nairobi, Kenya
Activity: Collection of Blood and fecal material from sample baboons and chimpanzees through capture and chemical restraint of the animals at both Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Nairobi Orphanage. Complete physical examination will also be performed, with special focus on symptoms consistent with TB infection. All samples will be transported to the field laboratory where they will be incubated at desirable atmospheric conditions before being shipped to the University of Minnesota veterinary Department. Blood samples will be taken to the Molecular Laboratory where the concentration of IFN- γ in the harvested plasma will be determined by ELISA test kit and the results interpreted based on a selected tuberculin cut-off point. Fecal samples will be taken to the research lab for mycobacterial testing via PCR. DNA will be extracted from fecal samples using the Qiamp Fast DNA stool mini kit (Qiagen, Inc.) and tested by IS6110 realtime PCR using LightCycler 480 II (Roche). Samples will be tested in duplicate and Tm calling analysis will be used to confirm positive samples in comparison with positive controls. This will leverage new diagnostic technologies to create and validate a more practical and epidemiologically sound protocol for surveillance of TB in captive, reintroduced and free ranging chimpanzees.
NOTE:
The full documentation of the proposed activities is available during working hours at the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Headquarters, Popo road, off Mombasa road, P.O.BOX 67839-00200, Nairobi, Tel. No. 020-2183718, and Email: dgnema@nema.go.ke. Website: www.nema.go.ke
The authority is therefore inviting the public to submit oral or written comments within 21 days from the date of publication of the notice to the Director General to assist the Authority in the determination of the application.
Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu, Director General, National Environment Management Authority.

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